If you know me at all you know that I absolutely LOVE to re-purpose things. There is something so satisfying about turning something old into something new. Nearly everything I do is re-purposed in some way. It's important to me to use what I have and not be wasteful. For tips and rules on salvaging items you can read my post HERE.
Today I wanted to show you a personalized gift that you can make using leftover Christmas cards. I love getting Christmas cards but I hate throwing them away come January. I really have no need to keep them, so I often like to turn them into a cute bookmark to give back to my friend. It's a simple little thing you can give as a little birthday gift or even a "thanks for being my friend" token. The best part is you know they like the picture. Heck, they're the ones that picked it out!
There are so many possibilities. You can even use your own leftover cards or pictures to make gifts for the grandparents or rip through your old magazines. I mean what tween doesn't want to be staring at Justin Bieber while reading that book for English class? And yes, I'll admit the super creepy bookmark of Edward Cullen is mine. What can I say? I just can't read Twilight without it.
But I digress... let's get back to the Christmas cards. These not only are great because they are personalized but they are durable, and cute. I also like that they are large in size so you're not losing it, but not so thick that you warp your book
Want to make your own????
- Card or other picture
- Card stock paper
- Fabric scraps
- Ribbon scraps
- Glue Stick
- Sewing machine
- Lamination machine OR clear contact paper OR clear packing tape
Step 1: Cut out picture from card and attach to card stock with glue stick. Cut the entire piece to be about the size that you want your bookmark to be.
Step 2: Laminate entire bookmark.**
**This step can be skipped but I find that protecting the picture keeps smudges off the photo as well as makes it water resistant.
Step 3: Trim off extra lamination.
Step 4: Lightly use glue stick to adhere scraps of fabric around the picture on the front of the bookmark. You just want a small amount of glue to hold the fabric in place long enough to keep it in place for the next step.
Step 5: Using your sewing machine, sew around the photo to secure the fabric to the bookmark.
Step 6: Trim up the fabric creating about a 1/4 inch boarder.
Step7: Attach ribbon to the back of bookmark.
Step 8: Cover the back of bookmark with another piece of fabric.
Step 9: Sew around the entire outer edge
If you put two pictures together you can use ribbon to separate each picture, like I did in the photo below.
This is a super versatile project and you can really get creative and make this your own. So grab those cards and fabric scraps and get creative!